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Bob Lind, Published August 12 2012

Lind: Photo sheds light on a little NDSU history

Here’s a photo from the early 1900s showing kids and their teachers from around North Dakota who were attending a meeting about agriculture at North Dakota State University, when it was called the Agricultural College.

The picture was sent in by Joyce Erickson, Hastings, Minn. Her mother-to-be, the former Signe Elgaen, Penn, N.D.. is in the third row, fifth from the left, wearing a hat.

The students had to have good grades in agriculture in order to be selected for the event, and her mother told Joyce it was “quite an honor” to be there.

“Most of the guys don’t have caps on,” Joyce notes, “and they all look quite dressed up and happy to be there.”

Boys probably wouldn’t wear ties to a meeting today, nor would girls wear hats. But some things don’t change, such as kids (and probably teachers, too) being glad to get out of school for a day.

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